Christian Van Tonder Psychologist

Hi, I'm Chris 👋

I have the rare pleasure of meeting you in this manner, today! 

This is an important first step in this change (and learning) journey. 

I have often needed someone that could listen to me and have my best interests at heart; with whom I could share my uncertainties and fears, and bounce off ideas; and who could help me make sense of difficult life and work situations or decisions… and assist me in making those changes I desire. 


This is why I became a psychologist… no-one is immune to the strains and demands of living and working. We all need someone, at some stage, to work with us to lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives. 


I value the opportunity to ‘partner’ with you, in order to optimise who you are, and so you could make the most of every day. I look forward to meet you in person.

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Chris' ready to help you improve your mental health.

Academic Credentials

Chris is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc.

He obtained several degrees in Psychology (BA, Hons BA in Psychology, MA Industrial Psychology, PhD in Industrial/Organisational Psychology) and completed a professional internship in the Military Psychological Institute.

Additional training included various counselling approaches e.g., Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and related programmes e.g., Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment (cognitive development).

He held various professorships and published books/articles on change, identity, stress and burnout.

Counselling Experience

Chris' professional experience straddles several decades, during which he provided counselling and psychological services to a range of clients (adults, adolescents and children) in diverse settings.

These included the military, corporate / business settings, non-governmental and community organisations, school and educational settings, and in private practice (family, individual counselling).

Professional interests included, among other, personal and lifecycle change and adaptation; stress, burnout and PTSD; self-esteem and identity challenges; relationship and interpersonal issues; scholastic and vocational / career dynamics, etc.

Areas of experience

Learn more about the various mental health challenges that Chris can help you with.

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